Additional Funding and Resources

There are additional ways to search for funding to support your graduate studies in the UK and Ireland. We encourage all candidates who have applied to the major national awards to also consider taking the time to search for alternative funding both through their chosen institution and through some of the resources provided below. CCRF staff are not experts on every funding option available in the UK or Ireland, nor are there formal support or endorsement processes required. Students are expected to perform their own due-dilligance, using the resources below and CCRF staff can review personal statements, as needed: 

Institution-specific awards and nationally competitive awards: 

University of Oxford:

University of Cambridge: 

Additional resources: 

Target Postgrad

  • Information about UK and Ireland postgraduate programs and funding options.  


  • A career and postgraduate education site that includes information about funding options. 

Degree Structures: Vary by institution

  • MSt. or MSc. (Masters of Studies) – One year master’s course with exams and/or thesis in addition to course-work in a nine-month period (some may be longer). 
  • M.Phil. (Masters of Philosophy) – Most often a two year master’s course suited to disciplines requiring extensive field-work, thesis research, etc. Some institutions offer one-year MPhil options.
  • D.Phil. (Doctorate of Philosophy) – Two-four year doctoral course following one or two years of  masters level work. This is the terminal equivalent of the Ph.D.